Texas governor announces $250 million "down payment" for state border wall
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) announced Wednesday that the state budget would provide $ 250 million as a "down payment" to help build a wall on the state's border with Mexico.
Why It Matters: Former President Trump promised to build a wall along the southern border, but according to the Washington Post, only 450 miles of new barriers had been completed by the end of his term in office.
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President Biden ended Trump's declared national emergency to fund his wall plans and is returning more than $ 2 billion diverted from Defense Department projects for the border project.
Trump, who will visit the Abbott border later this month, has faced opposition from "private landowners who do not allow the federal government to build on their land," notes the Texas Tribune.
What Happens: Abbott said at a news conference that speaking with officials, he believes that "combining state land and volunteer land will add up to hundreds of miles to build a border wall in Texas".
He didn't specify how long or where the wall was planned, but he directed the Texas Facilities Commission to hire a program manager who will determine this along with the overall budget.
Abbott said the $ 250 million funding was “more than enough to have a project manager and contractor build the wall,” saying, “Texas will build a border wall in our state to enclose our border to back up."
He also called on the Biden administration to return land that the Trump administration had taken for its border wall.
The other side: State Democratic Senator Cesar Blanco told the Texas Tribune that funding for the border wall was not discussed during the budget talks.
"Building a wall from El Paso to Brownsville is the most expensive and the least effective way to secure border security, and it's a huge waste of taxpayers' money," Blanco said.
What Can Be Seen: Abbott said he would write to Biden to request the return of land the Trump administration took to build a border wall.
He told the podcast Ruthless Tuesday that he would be soliciting donations from members of the public to help fund the wall.
The Biden government did not immediately respond to the request for comment from Axios.
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